Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our “Meet the Designer” series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few laughs and surprises along the way.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Appleton, Wisconsin. Currently I am in the Los Angeles area, but will be moving back to Appleton in the next couple months.
When did you discover 3D printing?
After finishing grad school, while looking for a job, I was finding freelance work online. There were a lot of people looking for 3D printable models, so I read up on how to make printable models and started finding clients.
Why 3D printing? How did you become interested in it?
I took a very round-about path to 3D printing. I started as a fine artist. From there I was introduced to design and went on to get a BFA in interior architecture and design (IAD) from the Milwaukee institute of Art and Design.
I loved the 3D modeling aspect of my IAD degree so I decided to go to school for that. My 3D modeling MFA is actually in animation and visual effects. I worked briefly at a VFX studio creating digital stunt doubles for shows like Agents of shield, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Sleepy Hollow. I was also doing modeling for 3D printing on the side. When the studio moved their base of operations to Canada, I decided I liked 3D printing more than VFX so here I am. I love what I do and I would not want to go back.
What’s the best thing that you’ve ever designed?
The best thing I have designed would be my character, Rex. He is not available for download, but you can order a 3D print of him. (You can find out how to do this on my website www.3dprintsbystacy.com/home)
Which of your designs has received the most positive response?
My ‘Gears’ iPhone 5 case has gotten the most positive response so far. It is also the one that is seen the most since it is currently on my phone.
Do you have any advice for people just starting out in 3D printing?
If you have questions, ask. There are many artists and designers willing to help. If you are not designing the model yourself, research the artist: Do they have a portfolio? Do they have work showing the style you are looking for? Can you find any feedback from past clients? Will they provide support after the fact? All of my designs come with a printability guarantee. If you have any printing issues at all, I will fix them free of charge.
How do you think that 3D printing will change people’s lives?
The only limit to 3D printing is your imagination. You can literally make anything. And if you can’t print it yet, wait a couple months and someone will have made a printer that can. The most significant use, in my opinion, is bio printing. The ability to print organs and things like that will save a lot of lives.
What other interests do you enjoy?
Most of my interests are art related. I am a fine artist and I really enjoy having time to do charcoal drawings. Once I move back to my hometown, I am really looking forward to being able to spend time with my nephew.